The Explorer SUV is a vehicle designed by Ford Motor Co. Most models are five-door models, with the fifth door being the liftgate at the rear of the vehicle. The elevator door of the Explorer has a built-in window that can be opened without opening the entire rear door. Several handles are attached to the liftgate to facilitate opening the window or the entire door. Unlike standard car trunks, the liftgate allows both items and people to enter and exit the rear storage area of the SUV.
Step 1: how to open the back door of a ford explorer
Insert the Ford key into the elevator door keyhole and turn it clockwise to unlock the door lock mechanism.
Step 2: the back door of my explorer won’t open
Grasp the handle just above the keyhole and pull it towards you. Some Explorer models have a small button on the inside edge of the handle; while pulling the handle towards you, press the button. On some newer models, you will need to pull the middle lever under the license plate light shield. If you want to open the liftgate window but not the entire liftgate, continue with Step 3.
Locate the liftgate window handle just above where the rear wiper blade connects to the door. For models that lack a rear wiper blade, the handle is at the bottom center of the liftgate window. Grab the handle and pull it towards you. Some models have a push button inside; push this while pulling towards you. Some Explorer models may have a “twist style” handle for the liftgate window. Instead of pulling the handle toward you, turn it clockwise to release the latch. Newer models may have a power lift door window. In this case, open the window with the remote entry transmitter control or press the control button under the license plate light shield on the right side.
Warnings: how to open the back door of an explorer
- The liftgate door and window will open towards you. Take a few steps back as you open the liftgate to avoid being hit by the opening door.
- When closing the door or window, place both hands on the center section of the door or window and push down. The door or window will move towards the vehicle. Do not stand under the open elevator door or reach into the vehicle while closing the door or window.